Travel in United Kingdom

Time:Local time is GMT (GMT+1 in summer)
Electricity:240 volts AC, 50Hz.
Language:English is the official language.
Health:There are no specific health risks associated with travel to the UK and food and water can be considered safe. The British National Health Service is commendable; emergency treatment is free to visitors, but charges are made for routine medical care.
Tipping:10 to 15% is expected in restaurants and upmarket hotels if a service charge hasn’t been included.
Business:Business hours are generally 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Communications:The international country dialling code for UK is +44. The outgoing code is 00, or 048 for Northern Ireland, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). There are a wide range of city/area codes in use. Mobile phones work throughout the country; the network operators use GSM 1800 networks, which may not be compatible with some dual-band US cell phones. Internet cafes are available in major towns and cities, train stations and airports.
Duty Free:Travellers to the United Kingdom over 16 years with goods purchased in the EU for personal consumption do not have to pay duty on these goods provided they are for personal use or are gifts for family and friends. This does not apply to large quantities of alcohol or tobacco if the amounts exceed the following limits: 3,200 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (up to 3g each), 200 cigars, and 3kg pipe or cigarette tobacco; 10 litres spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, 20 litres alcohol less than 22% alcohol volume, 90 litres of wine (with no more than 60 litres sparkling wine) and 110 litres beer. Travellers to the United Kingdom over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries (including the Channel Islands and Gibraltar) do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos (up to 3g each), or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, or 2 litres dessert wine not exceeding 22% alcohol volume and sparkling wine, and 2 litres of table wine; perfume up to 60ml or 250ml eau de toilette; and goods such as souvenirs to the value of £145. Prohibited items include indecent or obscene books, films or videos.